2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    40-42 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    154-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Available 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Standard backup camera
  • Fuel economy
  • Electric-only cruising up to 75 mph
  • Flat trunk floor
  • Quiet ride

The Bad

  • Responsiveness in Eco mode
  • Regenerative braking feel
  • Price premium over regular Sonata

Notable Features of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

  • 40-mpg combined EPA fuel economy rating
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity now standard
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system now standard
  • Unique exterior styling
  • Enhanced color instrument panel display
  • Forward collision warning available

What Is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the plug-in-hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan (covered separately) that competes with the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid differentiates itself from the gas model with unique wheels, a larger grille and different headlights, taillights and bumpers. It comes in two trim level configurations: SE and Limited.

What's New on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

For 2017, Hyundai added standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity to the Sonata Hybrid. A 7-inch touchscreen is also standard for 2017, and HD radio and the latest version of Hyundai's Blue Link are also now available.

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Compare to Other Sedans?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in at a lower base price ($26,825) than its mid-size hybrid sedan competitors - the Accord Hybrid ($30,125), Fusion Hybrid ($27,400) and Camry Hybrid ($27,625). 

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata gas model won Cars.com's $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge thanks to its comfort, refinement and overall value when compared with other sedans. The Sonata Hybrid boasts those same winning features with enhanced fuel economy, making it a top competitor in its class.

What Features in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Are Most Important?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid boasts a 40-mpg combined EPA fuel-economy rating. It achieves these ratings with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with an integrated 38-kilowatt electric motor -powered by a standard lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The total system output of this hybrid sedan is 193 horsepower, and it comes with front-wheel drive.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid also comes standard with keyless access with push-button start, LED daytime running lights and taillights, a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen and hands-free trunk opening. As is required for all new cars, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Should I Buy the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has a lot of great features that make it worth a test drive for those looking for an efficient sedan, starting with its fuel economy and electric-only cruising up to 75 mph. Features like a standard backup camera, an available 60/40-split folding backseat and a flat trunk floor will likely appeal to drivers looking for a versatile mid-size sedan. 

The price difference between the 2017 Hyundai Sonata gas model and hybrid model is notable, which may influence your decision if cost is a factor. Those who look for a smooth drive may notice the responsiveness of the Sonata Hybrid isn't great in Eco mode, and the feel of the regenerative braking system is awkward.

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2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Road Test

by Jennifer Geiger

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(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Plenty of room with 45/50 MPG

by SB from Rock Run, Alabama on August 1, 2018

This is my 6th Hyundai and 3rd Hybrid. The Sonata is not a small car compared to many of the other Hybrids getting 45/50 MPG. Driven in a reasonable fashion this car does get 50 MPG. It is a ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love my Sonata

by MelotaK from Salem, OR on July 13, 2018

This car continues to amaze me with its features, functionality, comfort, you name it. I love the panorama moon roof. Very roomy, it has pretty good visibility and I am really short. The mileage is ... Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sonata Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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